Medical Outreach & HIV Education, Malawi

Use your professional skills, knowledge, or passion for helping others to raise awareness and work alongside community members to promote health and wellbeing in rural Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. The extreme poverty in Malawi has resulted in a high incidence of disease, with a lack of formal medical facilities and health education and awareness opportunities, so healthcare volunteers on this project provide effective support to the local communities. This project is suited to volunteers with formal medical experience, as well as those with just a passion and interest in learning more.


  • Visit chronically ill patients in the local communities, providing advice, support and basic treatments in their rural village homes
  • Provide vital wound care and assess injuries for referral to a local hospital
  • Play an active role in educating local communities on preventable diseases, such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and advise on their treatment
  • Depending on your skill level, assist in local hospitals and understaffed rural clinics
  • Live on the stunning shores of Lake Malawi and experience traditional rural village life
  • Spend your weekends snorkelling, island-hopping, horse riding or relaxing around the fire under the stars with your fellow volunteers and staff

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project by in-country staff
  • All the required resources and training to make an impact
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Visa-related fees
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi
  • Items of a personal nature, such as gifts, snacks and alcohol
How your volunteer fee is used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

About the Destination

Malawi is a country of extremes. Despite it’s status as one of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi is a fantastic tourist location. Warm all year round, stunningly beautiful and alive with minerals and wildlife, it hosts Africa’s third biggest lake and endless opportunities for both land and water based activities. Despite this, Malawi has many problems and in the district where you will be volunteering, none are more evident than the problems associated with extremely high levels of HIV/AIDS, crippling poverty and limited access to education and health facilities.

As a volunteer, you will experience this on a daily basis, but what I can also guarantee you is that you will come across some of the happiest people you could wish to meet, whether it’s the local fisherman returning from his daily fishing on the lake, or the children who are so excited to see you wandering through the village on your way home from project, you will soon see why Malawi is known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’.

You will be staying on the shores of Lake Malawi, in a beautiful and safe fully-furnished volunteer house with large dorm-style rooms fitted with mosquito nets and Western style toilets and showers.

As you head down from the volunteer house towards the water – and where I’m certain you will want to spend most of your free time – is the infamous lake which covers 20% of Malawi’s surface area and where most of the local villagers rely on for their food. Whether you want to learn how to fish, paddle a kayak or get a bit more adventurous and go water skiing, Lake Malawi offers it all. Failing that, why not relax on the beach, jump into a 4×4 and go exploring, head out on safari or just spend a night under the stars?

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with figures estimating that over 10% of the population is living with HIV or AIDS and in turn, the country has an incredibly low life expectancy rate. While there is a Governmental Health Care system in Malawi, access to health services and medical facilities is poor, with the majority of the country’s population living in extremely rural areas and suffering without the resources or means to reach these centres.

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